Some other new Followers just showed up at the end of the list, again. Welcome to scott brawner, gerry47_, Woofs n Paws, and Elaine and Rick Cochrane. I'm sorry if you've been a follower for a while and I missed you - that just happens sometimes. These four followers don't show any photos or information, so I can't add anything else, but Katie and I appreciate you all following along with us - Welcome aboard!
It never seems like much is happening until I wait a few days to post and see all the photos I've saved to my "blog" folder. Then I have to write a longer post around all the photos. Sorry about that - I just can't seem to write a short post.
I have to show you this photo first - it exemplifies what boondocking means to me.
(I have to admit I did a really poor job of cutting and pasting out the rigs nearby - don't click on this photo unless you want to see the bad editing. I don't usually do this, but I wanted to be alone in the desert.)
Next some Katie photos. The first one is poor Katie, not getting enough attention from me (how in the world does that happen when we're together all day?), so she jumped up next to me, and laid her head down on my sweatshirt hood and fell asleep. Talk about making me feel bad! :(
My generator has been giving me problems, and finally I went in to have it repaired. It was turning on right away and sounded fine, but it wasn't doing anything - no battery charging, no electrical outlet function. I had an appointment with an RV place here in Quartzsite, but they didn't want to talk to me, just make an appointment, so I did.
Then yesterday I went in to make sure I had the breaker on the generator facing the right way. Honestly, it was hard to get anyone to just look at it and answer that one question. Finally the guy behind the service counter went out and looked. He knew I had an appointment this morning for "service," but no one asked me what I needed to have done. He quoted me around $200, I'm not sure exactly what that covered, and when he saw the generator, he said, Oh Yea, this is going to cost you at least $300. We'll have to take the generator out to work on it. I didn't like that, especially when they didn't know what was wrong with it. He couldn't tell me what they would charge me to change the oil and filter in the generator, either, which I thought was strange. All I wanted was a ballpark number.
So I cancelled that appointment and called another place that was recommended, and went in this morning to Bob's Generators. He works out of this business, Quality RV which is right in town.
Bob looked at it, diagnosed a bad automatic transfer switch, changed it out (without taking out the generator!), changed my oil and filter, and I was on my way, everything working just fine. Thank goodness! And thank you, Bob!
I asked him about all the maintenance targets that are in my Owner's Manual, and he had good answers for all of the hours/dates listed. He said changing the oil and spark plugs on schedule are the only ones I need to worry about. With my generator, some of the scheduled maintenance issues in the manual aren't necessary or applicable, so I should be good for a while. I highly recommend Bob - he knew right away what was needed, had the new part available, knew all about my generator and how it worked, understood how the transfer switch worked and changed it out with no problem. He was very nice to work with.
He also said 95 percent of RV owners never read their maintenance schedules in the Owners Manual, so I was an unusual customer asking his opinion and double checking on when I should have maintenance done. I'll bet all of you read your manuals, right? My son used to say I was a "nightmare customer," because I read everything, ask questions, want to see how things are done, etc.
Yesterday and today I also went to a local LED light business, which I also highly recommend.
RV Special Things
Len & Chris Bunts
Cell: (480) 220-3688
His prices were lower than the on-line lights I ordered (and unfortunately couldn't cancel in time to stop the shipment). Nice man, knows his business, and now I have pretty much all LEDs in The Palms. The 4 that I ordered on line will complete my "warm white" lighting, which is FAR nicer and brighter than the cooler, smaller LEDs I got at first. I was glad I only got four of those, I'll keep them as spares.
When we got back to our site, after having our door open while Bob was doing his work for a couple of hours, The Palms was so cold, Katie must have been feeling the chill. As soon as I got everything set up, I turned on the catalytic heater, and this is the first time she sat in front of it to get warm. She has her little sweater on, too.
And finally, some nature shots:
It rained yesterday (and today). I drove into Blythe yesterday to check K-Mart for a printer cable, and when I got back it was raining and I saw smoke coming from the fire pit. I walked over to see if the Dingbats had been enjoying a fire in the rain (which is how they got the name "Dingbats") and there were chairs overturned and no people. The fire was still smoking.
Those are the ends of branches along the bottom.